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RECAP: 2020 National Economics Challenge Finals

POSTED: May 21, 2020 | BY: Alan

More than 6,600 students from 35 states across the country competed in local competitions that led into the 20th anniversary of the National Economics Challenge (NEC). Finals weekend (May 17-May 18) saw the top teams compete online for the chance to become national champions.

For the Critical Thinking Round, finalist teams had an hour each to prepare a presentation addressed the economic issues surround free college. Based on their performance in that round, the top two teams in each division battled for the championship in the Quiz Bowl Finals. This year’s emcee was Karen Finerman, Chief Executive Officer of Metropolitan Capital Advisors and panelist on CNBC’s Fast Money. The finals results:

Third place: Hunter College High School (NY)
Second place: Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School for Government and International Studies (VA)
First place/ National Champions: Mount Hebron High School (MD)

Third place: Pioneer High School (MI)
Second place: Conestoga High School (PA)
First place/ National Champions: Mount Hebron High School (MD)

Photos from the event:

Special thanks to our generous NEC supporters: 


  • Steve Buckles, Principal Senior Lecturer in Economics, Vanderbilt University 
  • William C. Dudley, Senior Research Scholar, Princeton University 
  • Benjamin Friedman, William Joseph Maier Professor of Political Economy, Harvard University 
  • Julie Heath, Executive Director, Alpaugh Professor of Economics, University of Cincinnati 
  • Tonia Kaminsky, Partner and Senior Managing Director at Shufro, Rose & Co., LLC 
  • Loretta Mester, President and Chief Executive Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland 
  • Jane S. Lopus, PhD, DirectorCenter for Economic Education, California State University 
  • Rebecca Patterson, Co-Head of Investment Research, Bridgewater Associates 
  • Colonel Dick Rankin, Former High School Economics Teacher, NEC Coach, and President, Wounded Warrior Ohana 

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  • Hello, I was wondering if there is going to be a competition for 2021. If so, can somebody please let me know at

    POSTED: November 9, 2020 | BY: Gabe Aguero

  • Yes, there will be a 2021 National Economics Challenge! We are currently updating the website, but if you have any questions in the meantime, please contact us at

    POSTED: November 18, 2020 | BY: National Economics Challenge Team